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March 2011

Our Mission is.....

NEWSLETTER

Develop and encourage the association and cooperation of persons having a common interest in the development of business within the Raton community for the purpose of promoting their common business interest by the improvement of business conditions with the community. To establish representation in the political process to the extent permitted by an organization qualified for exemption from tax under Section 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code In accordance with the foregoing, to promote tourism, commercial development and industrial development.

Business of the Month - Santa Fe Trail Traders

Later, the wall was removed, and Santa Fe Trail Traders occupied both sides. The building consists of several store fronts that run along Park Avenue to the alley next to the post office Today Santa Fe Trail Traders has Mary Wright, on left, with Santa Fe Trail Traders owner Martha Phelps four employees, does Martha Phelps moved to Raton in 1965 business online, and is considto take a position with the Girl Scouts. ered an anchor in the downShe met and married James Phelps and town business district. in 1989 opened the Santa Fe Trail Traders on the corner of Park Avenue and South Second Street. Originally the building was separated by a wall down the middle with Martha's business sharing the building with a variety of other businesses.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE:

Cowboy Ball Community Thanks Upcoming Events Renewing/New Members Board Members Quarterly Meeting Community Calendar

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Sue McKillip adjusts a necklace clasp

Martha is usually working on the store floor but at times can be found in the back office with bookkeeper Cyndi Parker. Employees Sue McKillip, Dominic Apodaca and Mary Wright assist customers throughout the week and help with various dut i es as needed. Sue and Cyndi have been with Martha for 11 years, while Dominic and Cyndi Parker at her desks

Dominic Apodaca stands in front of rug display

Mary have been employed at the store for three and two years respectively. Local residents, tourists, and visitors to Raton can find unique jewelry, Navajo rugs, home décor, Nambe´, pottery, and metalwork throughout this unique trading post. The Raton Chamber of Commerce is proud to have Santa Fe Trail Traders as a long-time member.

Raton Chamber of Commerce

2011 Cowboy Ball

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Thanks to our Sponsors

The Raton Chamber of Commerce is grateful to all of the sponsors, the community, and the generous businesses for making the first Cowboy Ball such a huge success! The support the community has given the Chamber during some very difficult times, is very much appreciated!

Pegasus Aviation and Hertz Rental provided a free shuttle service to and from the event.

Morrow Ranch

Quilt, sponsored by Chester & Friends ,was won by Leroy Vigil, Wagon Mound

CN Ranch Carla & Randy Norris

Other sponsors include: Phil Long Toyota, Colfax County Fair Association & V.F.W. Post #1793

Western Wood Products

Raton Chamber of Commerce 2011 Cowboy Ball Community Thanks

The Raton Chamber of Commerce held a Cowboy Ball in February as a first-time event that the Chamber hoped would be fun for the community and a fund-raiser for the Chamber. The Chamber organized this event for February, typically a very slow period for retail sales and lodging, in order to help boost gross receipts taxes for the city of Raton, and to provide some fun for the community during a time of year that generally does not see a lot of recreational activity. This well attended event was made possible by the wonderful support of several sponsors. The NRA Whittington Center provided the Coors Building for the event along with the help and support of several staff members and employees. Northern New Mexico Gas Company provided heat to the building with propane heaters located throughout the building. Event expenses were paid for by generous cash donations of the following sponsors: Express UU Bar Ranch, St. James Hotel, Vermejo Park Ranch, Morrow Ranch, CS Ranch, CN Ranch, Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites-Raton, Pioneer Motors, Pioneer Natural Resources, Ralph Shubert-Las Vegas Storage, Western Wood Products, Tri-State Outfitters, Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, Phil Long Ford, V.F.W. Post #1793, and Colfax County Fair Association. Local radio stations KRTN and KCRT provided a month of advertising that helped promote the event throughout the region. Donations for silent auction items and door prizes by several businesses and individuals added to the fun for the evening and the Chamber thanks the following for their contributions: Ace Hardware, Anthony's Jeweler, Auto Zone, Big R, Buffalo Thunder Resort, CarQuest, Carolyn and Jack Woodul, Chris & Catera Bakery, Cimarron West, Colfax Senior Care, Commercial Street Salon, Cuchara Mountain Resort, Cunico Tire Co. Inc., CN Ranch, Data Plus, Dino Cornay, Discount Office Supply, Enchanted Grounds, Express Uu Bar Ranches, Harmony Path, Inc., Harvest Headquarters, K-Bobs, KCRT, K-Mart, KRTN, Metro Studio, Charles Miller, Northern NM Gas Co., Pierre Pippen, Pinon Club, Raton Airport ­ Fern & Keith Manglesdorf, Raton Country Club, Ray Wolf, RBS True Value, Santa Fe Trail Traders, Solano's Boot & Western Wear, Sports Arena, St. James Hotel, State Farm ­ Laura DeBella, Sweet Shop, Ted & Kathy Trujillo, TO Ranch, Wells Fargo Bank, and Westward Ho Gift Shop. Our apologies to the copper cross artist. We thank you for donating your beautiful artwork, but we have misplaced your name. However we want you to know that we appreciate your work and request that you contact the Raton Chamber of Commerce so that we can thank you personally. Pegasus Aviation and Hertz Rental provided a twelve-passenger van shuttle from Raton to the NRA Whittington Center and drivers Billy Martinez, Teddy Candelario, and Scott Weese volunteered as drivers. Holiday Inn Express also contributed the use of the hotel's van for Cowboy Ball attendees. Thanks to Hal Porter who auctioneered for the auction items. Several individuals and businesses contributed to the success of the Cowboy Ball by sponsoring tables for the event. Their involvement helped make the event even more fun. Thanks to: Charles & Wanda Miller, Colfax Senior Care, ConservFirst, Express UU Bar, St. James Hotel, Harvest Headquarters, International Bank. Morrow Ranch, Northern NM Gas Co., Pioneer Motors, Pioneer Natural Resources, Ralph Shubert- Las Vegas Storage, State Oil Co., Shields Survey, State Farm ­ Trinidad & Raton, American Taxidermy, Burh Chiropractic and H-4 Trucking and Cornay Ranch. Solano's Boot & Western Wear, Harvest Headquarters, Cimarron West, and St. James Hotel helped with the Cowboy Ball by selling tickets for the event and the quilt raffle. Thank you to Ashlee Rose Mills of Eagle Nest-Miss Eastern New Mexico State Fair Queen, Janna Mills-Northeastern New Mexico Breakaway roping Champion, and Amber Olona, current Colfax County Fair Princess, Dean Olona, Mariah Pillmore, Sierra Pillmore, Alina Pillmore, Justin Stevens, Jennifer Stevens and Alan Kenny for helping take tic kets at the door, selling quilt raffle tickets, and helping with the auction that evening. The quilt was donated by Chester & Friends and was won by Leroy Vigil from Wagon Mound. Thank you to those who helped the Cowboy Ball Committee with decorating and clean-up: Fern Mangelsdorf, Sally Schwartz, Sue Fullen, Dee Mitchell, Debbie & John Gabriele, Harold Brewer, Roy Pillmore, Donny Fernandez, John Castillo, and Ernie Brown. The Raton Chamber also thanks the Trinidad/Las Animas Chamber for attending and promoting this event to their members and the staff of NRA Whittington Center, Tayna Moore, Will Parker, and Robby Roberts for all the additional help they provided. The Cowboy Ball committee thanks everyone who voiced their suggestions and offered to help make it even better next year. The positive feedback, constructive criticism, and offer to help next year are very much appreciated. The Raton Chamber of Commerce is very thankful that the community showed its support of the Chamber by supporting this fun event. There were close to 600 in attendance! We look forward to a better than ever 2 nd Annual Cowboy Ball. Cowboy Ball Committee, Ruth Luksich, Laura Brewer, Georgia Pillmore, Dave Schutz, Donny Fernandez, Lynn Ostrowsky, and Bill Sauble

Cinco de Mayo Cultural Affairs Celebration May 7 & 8

Join the fun at Ripley Park! Music Crafts Food Games

Please help support this event as a sponsor!

The Raton Chamber of Commerce, with the help of V.F.W. Post #1793, hosts this fun event. If you are interested in serving on the committee, setting up a booth or sponsoring this fun event, call the Chamber at (575)445-3689.

Upcoming Chamber Events

Chihuahua Races are a highlight of the event

17th Annual

International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally

July 2--4

The Raton Chamber of Commerce is already gearing up for 17th Annual International Santa Fe Trail Balloon Rally. The new logo has been chosen from one of the entries from the Raton Middle School students and will be featured in the April newsletter. The committee is working on plans to make this Rally the biggest and best ever! If you are interested in helping on the committee or setting up a vendor booth, please contact the Chamber at (575) 445-3689. Sponsored by

International Bank and Northern New Mexico Gas

Balloons ascend at La Mesa Airfield

Welcome to our New Members and Returning Members:

International Bank, Kastler Law Office, LTD, North East Title, Inc, ENMR / Plateau Wireless

Thank you for supporting our community by supporting the Raton Chamber of Commerce!

Raton Chamber Board of Directors

Wendy Griffin, President International Bank Vice­ President, involved mainly with residential real estate loans, including first time home buyers. Laura Brewer, Member

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Free lance writer, web site designer and community volunteer.

Mona Sandoval, Vice-President Employed by Service Organization for Youth as a Juvenile Drug Court Case Manager.

Alan Kenny Assistant Manager of KRTN, Alan brings years of marketing experience to the board, including a thorough knowledge of business and promotion, with his background in newspaper publishing and promotion. Diane Dixon Grant Diane, who retired to Raton in 2010, has an extensive background in business and several years experience in legislative, real estate, financial and architecture issues with her previous work in Las Vegas, Nevada Kandace Evans Kandace has worked for MCMC for more than twenty years and brings a a variety of skills to her position, including grant writing, event planning, and public relations.

Debbie Gabriele, Secretary Owner and manager of Colfax Care Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Raton.

Scott Weese, Treasurer Employed by Shields Survey, Ltd. Has served as past President.

The Raton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors welcomes another new board member, Mera Gleason, who fills the final vacancy on the board. The Raton Chamber of Commerce has overcome extreme adversity in the past two years, and is on its way to fulfilling its mission to this community. With the help of local and area businesses, the Chamber will promote tourism, help our businesses to grow and will encourage new businesses to open. The Board of Directors say, THANK YOU, Raton for your support in helping us support Raton!

Mera Gleason Mera is employed by the NRA Whittington Center as the membership and events director. She will serve as liaison between the Chamber and NRAWC.

Quarterly Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 24, Noon, Sands Restaurant Menu--Choice of Chicken or Beef Fajita, trip to salad bar, soft drink, and flan dessert. $15 includes tax and tip Reservations requested by Monday, March 21

The Raton Chamber of Commerce, which has undergone a renewal of community interest and involvement, has developed a new, fresh logo, that represents the fun, positive attitude present throughout the organization. In order to reflect the fresh, fun attitude, window decals and membership plaques with the new logo will be unveiled at the meeting, and members will be introduced to the hard-working board members who have dedicated their time to bringing about positive changes in the community. During the meeting, the Chamber Board will recognize several members who have supported the Chamber throughout the years with their volunteer efforts, event sponsorship, and community service. The board will present a " State of the Chamber " dialogue and a hint of exciting, new programs and activities that will benefit our entire community. Find out what ' s going on by attending this important meeting.

Raton Chamber of Commerce

100 Clayton Road Raton, NM 87740 Phone: 575-445-3689 E-mail: [email protected]

We're on the Web! www.raton.info

Community Calendar--for additional details visit our website www.raton.info/calendar

March 11 Celebrate Women's History Month--Old Pass Gallery 6 p.m. 15 Rotary Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant--noon 15 Red Carpet Gala--El Raton--7 p.m. 16 Kiwanis Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant­ noon 16 Balloon Rally committee meets--Chamber office--noon 16 Celtic Fire--Shuler Theater--7:30 p.m's 17 St. Patrick's Day Celebration--International Bank­ 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 18 and 19 Meditation Class--Harmony Path, Inc. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 18-20 Collegiate Trap Shoot--NRA Whittington Center 19 Metropolitan Opera Simulcast, Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) --El Raton Theater--1 p.m. 19-20 Appleseed Project--NRA Whittington Center 22 Colfax County Commission Meeting--9 a.m. 22 Rotary Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant--noon 22 City Commission meeting--City Hall--6 p.m. 23 Cinco de Mayo committee meets--Chamber office--noon 23 Kiwanis Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant--noon 2425 Vintage Hitchcock, A live Radio Play, -- Pappa's Sweet Shop--Dinner 6 p.m., Theater 7:30 2627 Vintage Hitchcock, A live Radio Play,--Shuler Theater--7:30 p.m. 24 Chamber Membership Quarterly Meeting--Sands Restaurant--noon 29 Rotary Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant--noon 30 Kiwanis Club meets--K-Bob's Restaurant--noon April 1 Raton Parks & Rec Dance Classes begin--Convention Center--6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. 2 Four Hands 1 Grand Piano--Short Grass Music Fundraiser--Shuler Theater--4:00 p.m 2 Raton Mad Scientist Club meets--Arthur Johnson Memorial Library--10 a.m.-noon 2 Three Gun Match--NRA Whittington Center 3 NRAWC Sporting Rifle--NRA Whittington Center 5-10 FNH Long Range Operator Competition­ NRA Whittington Center 9 Colfax County 4-H Sr.--NRA Whittington Center 10 Club Swing--Raton Arts & Humanities Council--Shuler Theater--7:00 p.m.

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